Free Food Program Returns to Oil City YMCA, Open to Any Child 18 or Under

| September 16, 2019

OIL CITY, Pa. – The Oil City YMCA is alleviating child hunger in Venango County through a Youth Food Program with no restrictions for income or need.

The program is offered every Monday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the YMCA for kids age 18 and under. Enrichment activities are provided from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
“Many children go hungry every day in Venango County,” said Executive Director, Tom Spence. “Our staff noticed that many of the children who come to the Y daily haven’t had a meal since their school lunch.

“We began keeping food on hand to feed kids and realized we could fill a large need by offering regular meals to all children in the community.”

More than 16 million children and teens under the age of 18 live with food insecurity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). When the school day ends, many of these youth are at risk of going hungry.

Combining academics, physical activity, and nutrition, the Y offers a Food Program to provide children with nutrition and academic enrichment activities so they can be healthy and succeed in school.

As part of the focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is committed to keeping children nourished all year long. Through the Food Program, the Y is providing learning enrichment and physical activities to keep minds and bodies active, while also serving healthy food.

The YMCA is looking for volunteers to help cook and serve food on Mondays and Thursdays from approximately 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Anyone who wishes to help should stop by the YMCA to fill out a volunteer application. Clearances are required but are provided free of charge to volunteers.

For More Information

For more information about the Oil City YMCA and Y programs, please visit the YMCA website at, call 814-677-3000 and follow the Y on Facebook.

YMCA Hours

The Oil City YMCA hours are Monday through Friday 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m, and closed Sundays.

(Article submitted by Michelle Murray, Marketing & Membership Director, Clarion County YMCA, Oil City YMCA, and YMCA Camp Coffman)

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